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HDFNL| Round 11: Do or die for Taylor Lake

FAMILY AFFAIR: Football and netball in the Wimmera have always been about families. At the weekend a group of extended family members lined up in Edenhope-Apsley’s senior team. Pictured from left, are first cousins Taylor Butler, who kicked a goal, Sean Butler, who featured in the Saints’ best, James Kirby, Matt Butler, coach Michael Rowe, a goal, and James Rowe, four goals and coach’s award. Picture: LES BUTLER

FAMILY AFFAIR: Football and netball in the Wimmera have always been about families. At the weekend a group of extended family members lined up in Edenhope-Apsley’s senior team. Pictured from left, are first cousins Taylor Butler, who kicked a goal, Sean Butler, who featured in the Saints’ best, James Kirby, Matt Butler, coach Michael Rowe, a goal, and James Rowe, four goals and coach’s award. Picture: LES BUTLER

By GRANT KUCHEL
The stakes are high for Taylors Lake in Horsham District Football Netball League this week.
A loss and their season is finished. A win against Kalkee and the Lakers live to fight another day.
Both tasted defeat last week. Kalkee was found out by a dynamic Southern Mallee Giants side while Taylors Lake couldn’t match it against Harrow-Balmoral.
Fans should expect a red-hot contest but if the Lakers are to be a chance they desperately need to improve their delivery into the forward line. Too often last week they bombed it in high, wide or at the feet of their forwards. If they continue with that delivery the Kalkee defence will pick them off with ease. Again Deek Roberts stood tall for the Lakers and Henry Johnson and Dean Harberger were serviceable. But they will struggle to contain Steve Schultz, the quick Matt Nield and veterans Tim Wade and Josh Mibus.
Taylors Lake will be praying for Gavin Kelm to return to his best, but at present he is a long way off his top form. Combined with poor delivery, the Lakers, who promised plenty at the start of the season, will draw the curtain on any finals aspirations.
Tester
Edenhope-Apsley gets to test itself against one of the best in the league in Laharum and will need to be firing on all cylinders if it is to match it with one of the two league powerhouses.
Both sides went through the motions last week with big wins against bottom sides, but this week it will be a different story. As silly as it sounds, there is more at stake for the Demons than the Saints.
Edenhope-Apsley can’t get to a top-two spot and know they will play finals, while Laharum needs to keep winning to keep Jeparit-Rainbow at bay in the race for the rest in the first week of the finals.
Laharum strengthened its on-ball unit by welcoming back Pat Easson and is also awaiting a clearance for gun Jack Mentha from Horsham. The midfield is where the game will be won. Cam Bruce and Robbie Miller have been in damaging form, although Miller broke a bone in a leg at the weekend and will be out for several weeks.
But with Shannon Argall pushing forward, the Saints will be stretched.
Edenhope-Apsley will need George Walker to fire in front of the sticks again and Jak Ryan and Bernie and Jeremy Kealy to influence the stoppages if they are to take it up to the Demons and create an upset.
Storm on song
Onwards and upwards it will be for Jeparit-Rainbow this week when the Storm plays Rupanyup. With Peter Weir and Ash Clugston inside its forward 50-metre arc the Storm will keep the pressure on Laharum in the off-chance they snatch second spot from the Demons.
Percentage will be all important for Jeparit-Rainbow, so expect the side to try to put the foot on Rupanyup’s throat this game.
The Panthers gave away too big a start to Swifts last week and couldn’t reel them in. Tom Tyler continued his sensational form and his battle with Sam Cranna should be worth viewing.

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Posted on Jun 29 2016

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